About Us

Our clients want to create positive change, and we help them think evaluatively. We help them design, collect, and analyze the data they need to look honestly at their current efforts, understand their effects, utilize evaluation, and develop strategies for growth. TerraLuna equips people with the skills required to create lasting, positive impact in local communities, nationally, and around the world.

We strive to serve as pioneers in the emerging fields of developmental evaluation, principles-focused evaluation, and creative evaluation as ways to support work for increased social justice and equity. At the same time, we stay attuned to these same ideals in our more traditional approaches, such as longitudinal qualitative inquiry, mixed-methods utilization-focused impact evaluations, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs. We often challenge preconceived ideas about what evaluation looks like and who should be involved in the evaluation process. We strive to lift up voices that are typically marginalized, and contribute to meaningful reflection and learning.

 

 Gifty Amarteifio ready to share and strategize. Photo: John Oakes

Gifty Amarteifio ready to share and strategize.
Photo: John Oakes

Our Mission

Our mission is to weave connections and support change at the intersection of learning, arts, and social justice.

We do this by:

  • Equipping people with the skills required to create lasting, positive change or change processes.

  • Amplifying voices and visions of organizations, systems, and communities that work better for people

  • Grounding our work in what's just, equitable, true, and beautiful.

  • Engaging diverse leaders and organizations for generative connection, reflection, collaboration, and understanding.

  • Reflecting on and documenting what’s working and what's not

 
 Noah E. Gagner considers all angles. Photo: John Oakes

Noah E. Gagner considers all angles.
Photo: John Oakes

Our Values

At TerraLuna Collaborative we value social justice, social equity, being people-focused, providing inclusive and responsive evaluation, and recognizing that one size does not fit all. All of our work is undertaken with these values serving as guiding principles.

Social JUSTICE

The promotion of civil rights, human rights, and recognition of human dignity are necessary to address historical and systemic inequities. We work within groups and communities to develop remedies that recognize the rights of all people.

Social Equity

Individuals and communities have unique needs and obstacles. We work to create non-discriminatory and accessible systems for all.

People-Focused

People want to love and be loved; to see and be seen; to have and realize their dreams; to hear and be heard; and to find belonging and purpose in communities. We strive to help individuals fulfill both their needs and their aspirations.

Inclusive and Responsive Collaboration

Collaboration that can positively change systems must be inclusive and responsive. We utilize comprehensive strategies to elevate fresh insights, offer diverse perspectives, and highlight marginalized voices.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Learning and evaluation are continuous processes of self-discovery, reflection, and inquiry. We facilitate effective, useful, and context-specific learning which lifts up marginalized voices, employs effective methods, and recognizes specific lived experiences.

Our History

 Molly Sullivan shares valuable insights. Photo: John Oakes

Molly Sullivan shares valuable insights.
Photo: John Oakes

TerraLuna Collaborative formed in 2012 around the founding members’ dining room tables, front porches, and in local coffee shops. We didn’t know if what we were building would work, but we believed that cooperative principles and values would give us the foundation to help us foster our collective and individual visions.

We wanted to create a workplace where team members enjoy working together as much as they enjoy their work.

The way we work as a community, guided by our core values, allows us to adapt and respond to new opportunities with depth. We are also a part of our larger communities, and we have the responsibility to contribute to positive change and justice in the world around us. This keeps us humble and motivated to continue living our values and expanding our work.

TerraLuna members are experts from a variety of fields, including evaluation, statistics, creative writing, public policy, and public health. We possess skill sets and professional backgrounds essential to planning and conducting high-quality evaluations.

 Left to right: Norah Murphy Johnson and Jason Torres Altman plan improvements. Photo: John Oakes

Left to right: Norah Murphy Johnson and Jason Torres Altman plan improvements.
Photo: John Oakes

Over the years, we have grown in our ability to provide benefits to our employees, offer stipends for professional development, and extend the aspirations we created for ourselves and our cooperative business. We have expanded our skill sets to provide our clients with new and exciting evaluation tools. Most recently, this has included our integration of evaluation and the arts.

We will continue to provide a work environment that truly prioritizes balance and cares not only about what we do, but the lives of those doing it. TerraLuna is a space where imagination is valued, intellect and creativity are lauded, and social justice remains at the forefront of all we do. We strive for no less as we continue to move into new sectors and partner with new clients, consultants, and the communities which we are fortunate to belong.